President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy topped the list of the 28 most influential people in Europe compiled by Politico every year.
The article dedicated to the Ukrainian President emphasizes that today Europe not only trusts Volodymyr Zelenskyy, but also admires him and follows his example.
“What Zelenskyy has done is convince the rest of Europe that its future is tied to Ukraine’s — a notion few believed before Russia’s invasion in February. His communication skills have been key. His rhetoric lays out in stark terms the malevolence of the Russian regime he is fighting against, dispelling much of Europe’s faith — particularly in Berlin and Paris — that Moscow can be a partner,” Politico noted.
In addition, it is noted that the President of Ukraine skillfully uses social and traditional media, in particular mass media, and Western cultural institutions to convince the leaders of Western countries and the public that his struggle is also their struggle.
“That gives him the authority to make Europe do what he wants. If he wants weapons, he gets them, even if it means reversing Germany’s long-standing policy not to sell them. If he wants sanctions, he gets them,” the article reads.
It is emphasized that thanks to Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukraine has made significant progress on the way to membership in the European Union.
In a video speech at the Politico 28 list announcement ceremony, the President of Ukraine expressed gratitude and emphasized that all Ukrainians received this award.
“Leaders can be truly influential only when they represent not only themselves, but the common will, common dream, common goal of their people. This is how we live in Ukraine. We are as united as possible – and that is why we are that strong. We are focused on protecting our independence – and that is why we are achieving our goals,” the Head of State said.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted that today, in difficult battles, at the cost of many lives, Ukrainians are fighting for freedom for everyone in Europe.
“It is an honor for me to represent all these people. All Ukrainians. And guide our common will for our common dream. For the sake of a common goal... For the sake of Ukraine's victory in this war. For the sake of rebuilding Ukraine. For the full accession of Ukraine to the community of European nations – to our European Union,” the President emphasized.
“I believe that Ukrainians will be the most influential next year as well. But – already in peacetime,” the Head of State added.